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NMC to 'engage' nurses and midwives with new magazine


The Nursing and Midwifery Council is launching a new magazine for registrants.

The quarterly NMC Review will launch in April and has a budget for the 2011-12 financial year of £354,000.

The publication will replace NMC News, also a quarterly, which was discontinued last year.

A report submitted to the NMC council last week said: “In principle, we have proposed that our professional communications should be more directive rather than simply discursive, providing a clear analysis of nursing and midwifery policy as a whole, and not just policy and standards produced by the NMC.”

It said the aims of NMC Review would be to “help engage nurses and midwives in dialogue aimed at shaping, updating and improving current and future NMC policy, standards and guidance” and “rais[ing] awareness of the role, functions and activities of the NMC.”

Former Nursing Times editor Jane Salvage will be consultant editor, the document said.

Ms Salvage was also involved in the Prime Minister’s Commission on the Future of Nursing and Midwifery, and creating the NMC’s standards for pre-registration nursing education.

The “editorial direction” will also be shaped by an external board from a range of nursing and midwifery backgrounds.

The NMC said members would have to opt to receive the magazine but that they wanted it to be seen by as many people as possible.

The report said: “Our starting subscriber database contains around 50,000 nurses and midwives who have had some kind of contact with us over the past year, through attending our events, ordering publications or expressing a preference for information by post through the Fit For You direct mail campaign.”

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Here’s a thought: why not stick your magazine, or just have it online and use the money that you save by doing this to reduce the price of our yearly registration. I really don’t think the NMC is the best way to regulate nurses and midwives. I think there should just be one regulatory body for all PAM’s. It would save a lot of money in administration costs and these savings could be passed onto the registrant.

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  • If you are abroad the NMC is the same for those in the UK but they will not send out the magazine which if it is any good is a shame as British nurses abroad also like to keep up to date with events in their own country and in their own language and not everyone has the luxury of being able to read on the internet.

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  • What a load of rubbish

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